Respite care – Caring for the carer

Carers are a large group of people who care for a partner, a child, perhaps a friend, at home. Being a carer can mean dedication that includes being on call 24/7, whenever your loved one has a need.

While caring for another person can be a rewarding, it can also be extremely exhausting for the carer. The focus of the carer is on the needs and well-being of their loved one. This focus can lead to the carer becoming exhausted, run down and ill themselves.

Carers, in order to continue doing their best in their caring role, need to manage a little time to themselves amidst their busy schedule.

This is where respite care can be valuable way carers can avoid burn-out by allowing them some time out. Not only will respite care give the carer a chance to recharge their batteries, it will rejuvenate their spirit and allow them to continue in their vital caring role.

Respite care, as provider by a professional agency, involves a qualified worker coming into the home to look after your loved one’s personal care needs, spend times interacting with them by sharing activities (such as watching a favourite movie, browsing through memorise captures in the family photo album …) – effectively assuming the caring role on behalf of the carer. Whilst this is happening, the carer has an opportunity to take a break from the home situation for a while and indulge in some time for them.

Often the carer at home is a young person who is caring for a parent or a sibling. This is hard on the young carer who finds it hard to attend school, social activities. Maybe the carer is finding it difficult just getting time to meet their schooling commitments, notably homework.

Respite care allows the carer to take a well-earned break doing something they enjoy or simply allow them uninterrupted time to fulfil their own commitments. Respite care can be as little as a few hours to catch up with a friend over a coffee, perhaps a brief holiday.

Respite care gives the carer the opportunity to take care of themselves.

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